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A Message from Tracy Rieger, Director of QSDS

Update March 31,2020

Dear QSDS artists,

It saddens me to announce the decision to cancel the Quilt & Surface Design Symposium, scheduled for May 25 to June 7, 2020. After consulting with the administration at the Columbus College of Art & Design, we are in agreement that the coronavirus situation is too dangerous and uncertain to risk the health of our QSDS community.

Like many other arts and education organizations, I’ve been forced to make an incredibly difficult decision. I know that you count on your trip to QSDS for not just education and inspiration, but also for the community we have created together. This is something very precious that I am committed to sustaining, in the face of what has become unexpectedly extreme conditions.

The brighter side to this bad news is that I am moving forward with my contingency plan: I have talked to the 2020 faculty and they are willing to move their current classes to 2021. The dates will be:

Session 1: May 31-June 4, 2021
Session 2: June 5-6, 2021
Session 3: June 7-11, 2021
Session 4: June 12-13, 2021

In addition, next year will be a “Quilt National Year,” with our always-anticipated bus trips to the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio to see the entire show right after its opening.

If you have already registered for QSDS 2020, I am personally asking you, if at all possible, to please consider “rolling over” your paid balance to next year (as the classes and teachers would be the same). It would go a long way towards showing that you do believe in the value of our precious community of teachers, classmates, colleagues, friends and mentors. It would also be a life line to preserving my small business through this very difficult time.

But, I also want to make it perfectly clear that I am willing to give a full refund to anyone who needs the money during this uncertain time of closures, layoffs and cancellations.
We all have to work together to do what we can, where we can.

Please use the link below to let me know how you would like to handle your registration and paid balance:

Thank you so much for your patience and your support. So many of you have reached out to me. Your kind words have made all the difference.

I am looking forward to having this extra time to make QSDS 2021 our best year ever!

Stay well and make art!
Most Sincerely,



The Quilt & Surface Design Symposium was founded in 1990 by Nancy Crow and Linda Fowler.  30 years later, we strive to present one of the most comprehensive art quilt conferences in the world, offering a wide variety of fiber arts classes and highly qualified instructors. Michael James, world-renowned quilter and co-founder of the art-quilt movement, calls QSDS "the meeting place to connect with other innovative quilt artists from all over the world."

QSDS is now proudly organized by director Tracy Rieger.

Symposium classes are held at the Columbus College of Art and Design in downtown Columbus, Ohio.  The campus is adjacent to the Columbus Museum of Art and is a quick drive to the Short North arts district, the hub of the Columbus art and social scene.

We welcome all levels of artists interested in textile arts and related media. We offer classes in art quilting, surface design, hand and machine sewing, composition, color theory, embroidery, fabric dyeing, multi-media and much more.

QSDS is committed to offering a creative atmosphere where serious and intensive learning happens in a supportive and sharing environment.  Students and teachers gather from all over the globe to exchange ideas, gain insights, learn cutting-edge techniques and challenge each other to push the boundaries of what is considered craft and fine art.

The 2020 symposium will consist of four sessions:

Session 1: May 25–May 29, 2020
Session 2: May 30–May 31, 2020
Session 3: June 1–5, 2020
Session 4: June 6–7, 2020


Tracy Rieger
Director, Quilt & Surface Design Symposium

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